December 4, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jimmy Lee Jr., a prominent Birmingham
business leader who ran soft drink bottler Buffalo Rock Co., has
died at 89.
Family members said Tuesday he died Saturday primarily from Parkinson's disease.
Lee, who took over the company in 1951 when his father died, helped expand Buffalo Rock into a company with annual sales topping $500 million. It handled Pepsi-Cola and added other brands, including Dr Pepper and Seven-Up.
In 1966, he built one of the nation's most modern bottling plants on a 27-acre site on Oxmoor Road in Birmingham. Buffalo Rock became the country's largest private, single-family owned Pepsi-Cola operation under his leadership.
The company has bottling plants in Alabama, Georgia and Florida
with 2,500 employees.
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